Princess Ditto

Princess Ditto

Monday, April 13, 2009

Droopy lips

I went out to feed tonight and 2 of my girls were standing around with their mouths hanging open. They looked like they had eaten something bad or something that had numbed their lower lip. Scared the crap out of me. Last fall I threw out a bunch of clover seed...some alpacas can't eat clover because they are allergic. I am a nervous wreck all the time that they will eat something that they are not supposed to. So you can imagine my horror to walk into the pen and find this

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They look totally silly!
This is not one of my alpacas, it is a picture from Intrepid Alpacas.
After I closely inspected my girls I ran in he house and got online immediately...
and this is what I found!

The Sulk--When alpacas get upset they will "drop their lip". The bottom lip will become all droopy and fall away exposing the bottom teeth and gums. Some alpacas will take pieces of hay, grass or leaves into their mouths and just hold it there for extra effect. Saliva will sometimes drip from the bottom lip as well. If all this sounds rather pathetic, it is. They are sulking. Don't worry about it. They have probably just come off second best in a disagreement with another alpaca and they will get over it in a few minutes. (Often the sulking alpaca will have a few globs of green spit on their face as evidence of the disagreement!)


Thank goodness I found this explanation!
The silly girls were tiffen ;)

26 comments:

Janie at Sounding Forth said...

Gosh! I would have been worried, too.

Megryansmom said...

Well then! That problem solved, you're ready to conquer the world!

Shannie said...

I love those crazy things! They make me smile every time I see them.

And just how in the hell do I keep losing you??? Do you keep moving your blog?

DysFUNctional Mom said...

That is so funny! They are so child-like aren't they?

Snooty Primadona said...

Hey, maybe I should try that method, lol. Nah! Probably wouldn't work.

Soxy Deb said...

OMG! They were being like little bitches weren't they? Too funny!
Glad it was nothing more serious than a "tiff".

Leah said...

I call it "spit mouth" Sometimes there is even green slime dribbling out! It happens to mine when they are arguing over the best pieces of hay!! You probably haven't seen it yet because they don't have many to argue with. When more of them are pregnant sometimes they get really crabby!

Ronda's Rants said...

If I were an alpaca I would look like this...I am off to put some hay in my mouth!

preTzel said...

And that would be why I didn't want daughters! Girls always fight and they fight dirty. Boys at least beat the hell out of each other then become best friends right away again. :)

Mrs Parks said...

SO funny!!

Intrepid Alpacas said...

Hi from Intrepid Alpacas in Tasmania. Check us out at http://www.intrepidalpacas.com

Glad our site helped ease your mind. We hit the panic button too and called the vet when our very first alpaca did that (no internet way back then).

You should see the spit fly when they really go for it!

Have fun!

Z's Mom said...

That is hilarious!!!

I'm glad it wasn't anything serious. They would have seriously been sulking after I reprimanded them for scaring me to death with their sulkiness after I read that explanation if they were mine. :)

Dee from Downunder said...

sulking! Thats hilarious.

Mariah said...

Maybe they have PMS...

Mariah said...

I will be driving and camping through colorado in July. Just wondering if I could come say HI!
If you're comfortable with that thought email me at manicmariah@gmail.com

dana said...

Thank god you were able to find the answer. Now I wonder what the question was. I mean, you MUST find out what got the ladies in an uproar!

There's an alpaca farm up the road and I love their sign by the highway:

Our alpacas are OUT STANDING in their field.

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